October is Domestic Violence Awareness & National Bullying Prevention Month.
- Lack of finances
- Housing issues
- Threat of retaliation
- Religious beliefs
- Family responsibilities
- Fear of deportation
- Continued sense of love or loyalty to his/her partner
How can I help someone at risk?
- Regard the victim as the expert in their lives, only they can know if it is time or safe to leave
- Avoid using blaming or judgmental language; it is never the victim’s fault that the abuse is occurring
- Encourage the individual to seek help from a professional
A mental health professional can assist an individual in creating a safety plan that is specific to their needs. A safety plan can include such things as identifying safe ways to exit the home, being aware of potential weapons within the home, and arming friends and family with a code word in case immediate help is required. Individuals at risk may consider gathering important documents such as identification, passport, birth certificates, medical records, and school records. It is also helpful to have a list of important phone numbers such as police, local shelters, family, and friends. To find shelters in your area please visit https://www.domesticshelters.org/. Additional resources can be identified by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233). For further information, please visit www.nnedv.org or www.domesticviolence.org.